I realized the last time I was there--with blossoms fully out, but leaves on trees still an eerie green blush--that it isn't just what is going on in the water, visually, I mean: It is the sound. Or sounds...Birds chattering, geese making that wonderful sound that an online description refers to as "noisy," and the birds themselves as a "nuisance" when invading parks in large numbers.
I, for one, find a Canadian Goose as elegant as Nefertiti!
See what I mean? Long neck...elegant carriage...
What they eat: The online description says: Vegetation - roots, grass, leaves and seeds. What she (Nefertiti) ate? Moot point here.
Let's continue the Centennial Lake walk briefly. Focus on the Canadian Geese.
This time of year, before the boats are available for rent and Spring is fully evident, one day may be very warm (such as today) and the next, much cooler with rain. Water levels in the lake are low right now, leaving a kind of muddy and not very attractive island for the birds.
But, oh! The birds are so lovely with their coloring and that incessant talking! I wish you could hear them now.
This couple, engaged in feeding and enjoying a cool morning, were not saying a thing. But if they took to air in a pack, then the trumpeting!
The joggers pass by, quietly engaged in their even breathing and perhaps pace, and the only sound that jars is one woman talking on the cell phone...but her voice is suddenly overpowered by the honking geese and gossiping birds.
I see a fisherman or two, standing in a kind of heroic A-shape, so grounded, and waiting, waiting...
...while on the grassy hill beyond, a father launches a kite after several tries, while his children shriek with delight.
All in all, it is a good day at the Lake...and I will come back again and again, in all moods to listen and watch, but mostly listen.